2013-12-05 / Local & State

Food Basket Scores Big With Blitz!

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Pictured above, left: Ashley Flanders, Deb Reed, Pastor John Godissart, Father Nale, Sister Margie Monahan, Ed Leisinger, William Hine, Karen Leisinger, Sister Martha Burbulla, Susan Cubbage, A.J. Godissart and Imagine Jansen. Pictured above, left: Ashley Flanders, Deb Reed, Pastor John Godissart, Father Nale, Sister Margie Monahan, Ed Leisinger, William Hine, Karen Leisinger, Sister Martha Burbulla, Susan Cubbage, A.J. Godissart and Imagine Jansen. McConnellsburg Ministerium hosted a “Food Basket Blitz” in lieu of its annual Thanksgiving Unity Dinner. With the Food Basket’s donation shelves empty, the churches of Fulton County participated in a three-week challenge to see which congregation could collect the highest number of nonperishable food items. A total of 3,605 items and more than $540 was received on Sunday, November 24, during the “Blitz.”

The congregation of St. Stephen Catholic Church donated the highest number of nonperishable food items and received a $200 check toward the ministry or project of their choice. As an extra-special gift to the Food Basket, St. Stephen’s chose to donate its winnings back to the agency to allow the Food Basket to continue to serve the residents of Fulton County.

A brief celebration and time of worship was led by Pastor John Godissart and the employees of the Food Basket and Nutrition Awareness Program conducted tours. Ott Brothers Furniture donated a box truck to receive donations as well. Many volunteers from the local churches and the board of the Fulton County Food Basket took time to count donated items and sort them for future distribution.

The ability of the Food Basket to provide emergency food assistance to individuals and families in need requires funds and food from individuals, churches, businesses and the government.

In the recent 12-month period, the Food Basket served an average of more than 174 families each month. At this time of year, the Food Basket sees an increase in the need of families well above average. Susan Cubbage, manager of the Food Basket, stated that she is extremely thankful to the ministerium and all of the congregations who gave to the Food Basket.

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